Sergio Garcia believes he needs to move on from the "overwhelming" aftermath of winning his first major title as he seeks a third victory in the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Five weeks after slipping on a green jacket at Augusta National, Garcia returned to action in the Players Championship and admitted he struggled to fully focus on his game.

The world number five recovered from playing his first six holes in four over par, with the help of a hole-in-one on the iconic 17th, to record an opening 73 and went into the final round just four shots off the lead.

However, a closing 78 meant the 37-year-old stumbled to a tie for 30th and brought home the fact that he needs to concentrate on reproducing the sort of golf which saw him beat Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose in a play-off at Augusta.

"It's been very overwhelming. I'm not going to lie," defending champion Garcia, who is the 12/1 third favourite in Texas, told a pre-tournament press conference.

"It's been amazing to see the reaction from the people and the players and everyone. It's obviously been something amazing to go through but, at the same time, you know, I have to kind of move on.”


Garcia has won twice before at TPC Four Seasons and would love to complete a hat-trick before the tournament moves to Trinity Forest next year. He is 11/4 for a top-five placing.

"I'm going to be sad to leave here, not only because I won twice here and I've done well but it's where I started my PGA Tour career as a professional [in 1999]," added Garcia, who will partner Jason Day and Patrick Reed in the first two rounds.

Texas native Jordan Spieth is also keen to add his name to the list of champions in an event where his best finish remains a tie for 16th as a 16-year-old amateur in 2010. He is the 10/1 second favourite and 9/4 to be in the top five.

All of the past champions have their names inscribed on a wall behind the statue of Byron Nelson that sits near the first tee and Spieth said: "I really would like to get my name there by Byron's statue after coming out and looking at all those names for so many years. 

"It's a very special place for our family and friends. It's very bittersweet. Obviously (I have) fantastic memories and looking forward to creating new ones this week and hopefully the best ones yet."

Dustin Johnson is the 9/2 favourite with Day and Brooks Koepka at 16/1. Reed is 33/1 for the title and 13/2 for a top-five finish.

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